It was too much for the guiltily-sensitive Apple App Store, they removed it an hour after it went live, but Android is made of sterner stuff and ‘In A Permanent Save State,‘ an interactive, artistic work by Benjamin Poynter is now available at Google Play Store for $0.99.
Poynter’s artistic piece (all hand-drawn, surrealist cartoon-style and bloody good with it) was influenced by the real-life suicides that have been occurring at Foxconn’s manufacturing plants – dotted around the developing nations. A report by twenty Chinese universities described Foxconn factories as labor camps and detailed widespread worker abuse and illegal overtime.
The ‘serious sociopolitical’ game imagines an spiritual afterlife for seven overworked employees who committed suicide.
It was not surprising Apple acted so quickly in removing it, the artist, Poynter has said that despite never mentioning Foxconn directly in the app, he suspected that the game would be banned. It’s just a pity it was taken down so soon – real Daniel in the lion’s den stuff!